Green Party highlights from Election Day 2014

From Green Party US:

Election results http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/11/04/green-party-2014-election-results and http://gp.org/election-wrapup

p hawkins for governor girlWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party made several advances in the 2014 general election on November 4, with Green candidates winning 27 seats and ballot lines held for most state Green Parties.

The most closely watched Green races were in Richmond, California, where outgoing Mayor Gayle McLaughlin overcame a $3-million campaign by Chevron to defeat her slate, and New York, where Howie Hawkins challenged incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Continue Reading


‘Greens in Government’ panel to accompany California Green Party general assembly

p gayle mclaughlinFrom Napa Valley Patch:

Green Party officeholders will appear on a “Greens in Government” discussion panel on June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Slack Collective Studios, 964 Pearl St. suite B, in Napa, California.

There are over 130 Green Party officeholders in local government across the country, including 40 in California. Panelists will include Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond – the highest elected Green in California, as well as   Bruce Delgado, Mayor of Marina, Renée Goddard, Fairfax Town Council, and Jesse Townley, Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner.

The “Greens in Government” panel is being organized as a part of the Green Party of California General Assembly, which will also take place in Napa on June 22nd and 23rd. The General Assembly consists of Green Party delegates from counties throughout California and is the highest decision-making body within the Green Party of California. Continue Reading


California Greens Win Eight Races on Election Day

Preliminary Election Report out of California:

Local Elections: California Greens win eight races on November 6

Twenty-two California Greens ran in November 6th elections. Eight were elected, including all five incumbents seeking re-election and three first-time candidates.

Among those elected were a Green Mayor, four School Board members, two Water District members and a Fire Protection District board member (in a non-incorporated area where the Fire District serves as a de facto City Council regarding approving development).

The eight California Greens elected on November 6th follow seven others who were elected in municipal elections in August, September and October, for a total of 15 California Greens elected in 2012.


California Greens Elected on November 6th:

Bruce Delgado

Mayor (1)

Bruce Delgado, Mayor, Marina (Monterey County) (incumbent)
1st of 2 candidates for one seat, 2,604 votes 62.58% ELECTED

School District (4)

Phyllis T. Greenleaf, Trustee, Board of Education, Live Oak Elementary School District (Santa Cruz County)
2nd of 3 candidates for two seats, 2,540 votes 33.5% ELECTED

Mike A. Perez, Trustee, Board of Education, Aromas-San Juan Unified School District (Monterey County) (incumbent)
3rd of 4 candidates for three seats 360 votes 22.7% ELECTED

Kimberly Ann Petersen, Trustee, Board of Education, Geyserville Unified School District (Sonoma County)
2 candidates for three seats (not on ballot, declared elected because race not contested) ELECTED

Karen L. Pickett, Board Member; Canyon Elementary School District, Canyon (Contra Costa County) (incumbent)
1 candidate for two seats (not on ballot, declared elected because race not contested) ELECTED

Water District (2)

Randy Marx, Director, Fair Oaks Water District, Division 4 (Sacramento County) (incumbent)
1st of 2 candidates for one seat, 5,561 votes 57.01% ELECTED

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Water Board, Eureka (Humboldt County) (incumbent)
3 candidates for 3 seats (not on ballot, declared elected because race not contested) ELECTED

Other Districts (1)

John Abraham “Abe” Powell, Director, Montecito Fire Protection District (Santa Barbara County)
1st of 8 candidates for four seats, 1,569 votes 15.65% ELECTED

(This information was put together by Mike Feinstein)


Six Green mayors sign on to letter from over 100 mayors opposing Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Six Green mayors have signed on to a joint letter to President Obama from more than 100 mayors expressing grave concerns about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The mayors, representing communities across the US, voiced relief at President Obama’s decision to postpone the decision, as well as hope that the permit for the pipeline will be rejected when it comes up for review after the presidential election.

A summary of the letter, a link to the text, and a list of the mayors can be found online here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sclefkowitz/over_100_mayors_voice_concern.html

The Green mayors who signed the letter are Larry Bragman (Fairfax, Calif.), Bruce Delgado (Marina, Calif.), David Doonan (Greenwich, NY), Gayle McLaughlin (Richmond, Calif.), Jim Sullivan (Victory, NY), and Jason West (New Paltz, NY). (Mayor Bragman signed after the web site was published.) Continue Reading


Local Green victories in California

In a big victory for California Greens, Gayle McLaughlin was re-elected as mayor of Richmond, CA, with 40% of the vote in a 3-way race. Richmond, a Bay Area city with a population of over 100,000, remains the largest US city with a Green Party mayor.

In Mendocino County, former congressman and Voice Of The Environment executive director Dan Hamburg won a hotly contested race for 5th District Supervisor with 55.3% of the vote.

In Monterey County, Bruce Delgado was re-elected as mayor of Marina with 57% of the vote.